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Taxing us to pay for Social Care after the Government has created so much money to save their own necks is a sick joke indeed

September 6, 2021 Leave a comment

The Public Sector and everything within it is as broken as our system of Government. But we are way past the point where politically expedient ‘fixes’ will deliver even a fraction of the meaningful change now required and fire hosing more and more money at the problems will only galvanise the reality that in the hands of the politicians we have today, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’

The reform of social care across the UK has been a political hot potato for a long time already. Not because it cannot be reformed and have its problems solved. But because the political classes really cannot stomach the reality of the decisions and choices that they would have to make, all the time looking electoral risk in the eye – when it was they who have created all the problems that social care and the wider national Health Service itself faces – by meddling here and there to gain votes – pretty much all of the time.

Given the history of recent decades where all of the main political parties have been in Government, responsible and therefore fully involved, Johnson’s move towards problem solving with the default use of the public cheque book should come as little surprise.

Spending money has, after all become the go-to response for a political class that is incapable of leadership and doing anything other than making decisions based upon how the anticipated headlines and projected outcome will look in terms of days left until the next election.

It’s certainly no way to run a government. But what is different this time is the reality that Johnson is looking to go on another spending spree, funding it this time by raising taxes from a population which is already under attack from significant rises in silent inflation.

The Country is facing an avoidable cost of living crisis that itself has been jet propelled by the way this same Government and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have weaponised financial creationism to solve the problems they created by locking down the whole country.

They have indulged unnecessary money printing on financial remedies that wouldn’t have been necessary without them pursuing lockdowns and social distancing in the hope that they could take the easy path through a National Crisis, then present the story as fact in the way they told it and then go on to the next General Election in 2024 (or before) and win.

The scale of spending, based on the creation of money and money printing, is breath-taking in the extreme. The media and the array of political and financial pundits may not be talking about it in anything like the same way, but the damage that this Conservative Government has done is in the process of contributing to a worldwide crisis that is at some point very soon going to lead to a crash with fallout for us all on a level that the world may never have seen.

People are going to struggle in ways that it is even now difficult to even imagine, and by inflicting a 2% uplift is tax collection upon the very same people who are being punished by the impact of all that they have already done, they are wilfully committing to speed up and increase the level of misery across normal life that they themselves seem to have been so insulated from in thought, word and deed for so very long.

As I wrote on this site only back in the middle of May, the problems that exist within the whole system of healthcare require a very different approach to governance and responsibility to the public in this Country, if all the problems that feed off each other from the top to the bottom of the public sector and government and back again, are to ever be remedied and fixed.

The truth is that by seeking to inflict tax rises now, the Johnson Government is simply being cruel and in a way that demonstrates that none of those leading us have any conscious understanding of the implications of what they are doing and certainly not what they have already done.

Money is not the solution to all problems. But the saying that the love of money is the route of all evil is certainly true. And it is because the wheels of society are now fuelled by that same form of love, that leadership in Government simply no longer exists and the costs of everything are now spiralling out of control without there being any genuine explanation for why they really are.

Full and comprehensive reform of anything related to the public sector and the provision of services in the public good, along with the provision of monetary and fiscal products and services that can influence or alter the quality of life for anyone, but which is in private hands is now inevitable and therefore unavoidable. It is merely a question of when.

Everything in Public Policy is connected or interdependent and we can no longer exist and function as either a Nation State or the many communities within, if we continue to be led by people who can neither see this or are motivated to work with respect for it, instead being obsessed with easy decisions and the resultant ‘quick fix’.

Out of the chaos that is coming, an amazing opportunity for us all will exist.

The pain that these people will have inflicted upon the majority for no good reason other than their own cause, will take minds to the place where they are receptive and encouraged by what is really necessary for us all in order that we can have meaningful change that will be beneficial for us all.

When that opportunity comes, it is vital that we are led by people who respect, understand and can translate the system as it now is, but have the leadership skills, compassion for others and vision to take us through and out the other side of that chaos, rebuilding and reforming comprehensively as we go, to make the UK a Country that really is a happy place to live, where everything runs fairly and equally and government only extends its reach to the places where it really needs to be.

The Ping Pox is killing struggling businesses whilst the only thing Test & Trace is saving is a very dangerous narrative that’s on its way to dividing us all #pingpox

There was a moment – which it’s safe to say has long since passed – when for the many, Test & Trace still offered the feel of being a security blanket. Yet with more and more events opening up to large groups of people and many more people now behaving as if lockdowns have already ended, it stands to reason that a respiratory illness – rather more like flu than the Government will admit – is circulating around the population in a way which is touching just about everyone.

That moment or silent watershed was reached when the number of vaccinations given passed the point when the most vulnerable age groups had received both of their Covid jabs. Now, the data coming from tests is flawed simply because it exceeds the ‘data-not-dates’ perimeters that the government itself set. So much so in fact, that with Monday 19th July now keeping everyone hopeful, the medical bods have gone full-circle and are now threatening more doom and gloom unless we go back to hinging our freedoms on their data – just like we were committed to by Johnson before.

The problem for the hospitality industry is that businesses that have been targeted so zealously throughout are now falling foul of what has become little more than a ping fest. One where people who may be carrying Covid or who may have just been in contact with the virus – nobody is sure which – if at all – are triggering Test & Trace and condemning what is quickly appearing to be anyone and everyone who comes within Bluetooth range.

Test & Trace – notified via your smartphone only is advisory. This means you are not obligated to act upon what it says. However, with the way that the destructive Johnson Covid narrative has rolled out creating what has become for many an artificial, yet damagingly unretractable state of fear, the end result is a ridiculous number of staff working in public facing businesses and organisations who now feel obliged to exempt themselves from work.

Being pinged has quite literally led to an imaginary illness. The ‘Ping Pox’.

Private lockdowns the only symptom of the Ping Pox. And somewhat ironically, even the NHS is now under threat because of the way this fear-fuelling app is still being treated as if it is a bomb-proof way to identify threats.

If the app must be used – and that has always been and is becoming increasingly questionable – the advice must change from immediate isolation if you get pinged to go get a test and then follow it up in a few days or something very similar. Only a positive, documented test for Covid for an employee should lead to their exclusion from work or the closure of any premises – if that is ever necessary.

Pubs and licensed premises are already skating on ridiculously thin financial ice because of the shocking and unnecessary way they have been targeted. They are being pushed to the brink by nothing more than a political choice. Livelihoods and lives are being destroyed by the pressure and influence of specialists who see life for everyone under their own myopic terms.

Pub Landlords and the staff that have stuck with them in jobs that now have very little certainty are being punished for no good reason other than that local regulation and policing of the licensed trade has made it an easy and very visible choice. The industry is having to adhere to rules that are not fit for purpose. Staff, Owners and Managers are being excluded from working and trading because of an illness they themselves are unlikely to ever be troubled with.

Learning to live with Covid is the only way. It always was. But there is a massive disconnect between saying and actually doing where the Johnson Government are concerned.

Small businesses – and in this case the industries and supply chains behind them, need to be released from all restrictions. Businesses must be allowed to get on with doing all the things that they know how to do best.

Pubs, the hospitality staff who want to help all of us enjoy our lives and many others are suffering from nothing more than an imaginary Ping Pox. It is a condition that nobody other than our self-serving politicians can actually see or in their own minds benefit from.

Rather than stick to the narrative that they are continually aiming to control, Boris and his Government need to be big enough to let us all go free. July 19th is simply not soon enough.

The talk of 5 winters worth of social distancing simply will not do either. The Government has to grow up and be big enough to realise that you cannot please the loudest voices at the cost of the silent or forgotten majority all of the time.

Covid has changed not only the political terrain, but that for business, locality and the UKs relationship with the outside world too.

Narratives are all well and good for those who believe that image or what others see is everything. But the stupendous errors and mistakes that the Government made in calling a lockdown and then following up with wholly inadequate measures to support businesses and employees then unable to work set the Government on a journey where each lie they have told has had to be covered by many more.

Policy decisions have been made not in the best interests of everyone at the time, but what is best for a Government filled with politicians who are afraid to do anything that can be interpreted as wrong by the media and used against them. They believe that by controlling the narrative in every sense, they can create a legacy that will show them as being strong.

Covid is here to stay whether we like it or not. Zero Covid is a fallacy. It’s time for everyone to start living with this endemic illness and to get back to living life – just in the way that handled differently from the start – we always should.

The Ping Pox is a fake illness created by the Johnson Government that is causing problems for more and more of us in the real world.

Perhaps It’s time for Test & Trace and the NHS Covid App to be condemned to the recycling bin. Unless it’s just used like a game to be played in an imaginary world without the real-time imaginary friends.

Did China give us COVID-19 knowing it was no worse than severe flu; confident of exactly what weak-minded Governments in the West would inevitably do?

January 6, 2021 2 comments

Much earlier in the Pandemic, I wrote about the stupidity of trying to pin the blame for Coronavirus on China. I said that chasing reparations of any kind would never do anyone any good, and that the best value that the West could take away from the experience would be to conclude that the Chinese Government could not be trusted and we should not do or encourage business with them of any kind.

I have never bought into the establishment narrative of what Covid is and how it should have or now should be addressed, but I wrote this giving a nod to the possibility that the Virus could be different and significantly more severe than the ‘normal’ respiratory infections that we see each and every year.

What became clear very quickly is there is very little technical and statistical difference between the genuine impact of this respiratory infection and any severe seasonal flu, other than the classification and virus type itself. It is the way that it has and continues to be interpreted, translated and communicated that is key.

Uncomfortable though the truth may be, the only difference between Covid and a flu outbreak that we would experience in any year is the way it has been handled. COVID -19 has been publicised and pursued with the fears of weak- minded politicians and civil servants being dressed up and sold to us in a wholly indoctrinating, if not brain-washing form.

We live with threats that are much worse and much likelier to kill or even affect us in some way. We actively and willingly embrace many of them each and every day. But those threats are presented to us logically, without emotion and in ways that make sense of the level of risk in terms of what it takes for us to live and experience a ‘normal’ functioning life, accepting that there is an accompanying level of risk to us in virtually everything that we do. We drive or ride in cars, travel on planes and undertake jobs that make us vulnerable because that’s the only way the we get things done.

Stand back and view the Government response and reaction to Coronavirus objectively and in the sense that it could have been framed differently as something we would simply have to live with rather than than simply allowing it to dictate life.

You can perhaps then see how a real understanding of how the western mindset works could be weaponised against us or our political leadership, if it was played out and utilised against us and our leaders in precisely the right way.

This is where the real story of what China has done and why it has done it could begin.

It is difficult not to admire and have a very begrudging respect for the ruthless nature and strategic approach employed by the Chinese.

We have only recently been made very well aware of how they have embedded people who are friendly to their cause right across industry, academia and government, and the lessons that our Australian friends and cousins are now exposing through Chinese material interests in their Country point to a growing threat to western culture, business and freedom itself. All of it being levelled at us from the starting point of being an enemy already present within as we sleepwalk with the believe that Chinese money has a different value and is created differently to our own.

The Chinese have historically valued knowledge and respect the power that it gives them. It is therefore no great stretch of the imagination to be able to see and understand that they have been carefully observing our culture and our behaviours for a very long time. The Chinese have become very well aware of our weaknesses.

Our cultural susceptibility to manipulation using mass propaganda has been exposed along with how inept, self-serving and out of touch our political and government leadership has become.

The Chinese have been aware of the opportunity to destroy the West from within using the fat, entitled hierarchical structures that rule the entitled, take-everything-for-granted mentality of the West for a very long time.

With confidence in the knowledge and understanding that the Chinese have, it is far from impossible that they would see the overreaction of Western political leadership to a viral epidemic as the best opportunity to overtake the West without going to the lengths of having to engage in military conflict.

Yes, it all sounds far fetched. But the interest the Chinese have in its relationship with the West is in control and gaining that control in whatever way necessary to get the job done.

With their own people it’s easy for the Chinese Communist Government to inflict the authoritarian view. But without literally invading and taking over countries by using physical force, with consequences for their own Country that could easily destroy them, by far most sensible route to destabilise the countries that stand against them is to use the weaknesses of those countries to attack them from within.

In truth, we may never know the answer to the question of how or indeed why the COVID-19 pandemic began. It is not in the interests of the Chinese to provide Western Governments with any form of help that might prove to shine any spotlight on the truth of what really happened.

What we should keep in mind however, is that no country inclined to use aggressive force against others for the purpose of gaining control is likely to weoponise anything that it couldn’t either control or understand to be harmless to the people it considers to be a beneficial use.

Wuhan in China is now back to operating as if the outbreak from within its boundaries simply didn’t exist.

Today we should be asking ourselves who has most to gain from the deference paid to neoliberalism and the global economy if weak minded Western leaders come out the other side of this Pandemic and behave like nothing has changed and everything remains the same?

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